5 things you might not know about Simon Amstell
1 Amstell’s first major TV exposure was as the rather cocky team captain of the Essex All-Stars on Channel 4’s GamesMaster in 1993, the show which featured Patrick Moore’s head. Amstell was 13 at the time, had his cap on back to front, and wore massive Harry Potter-esque specs.
2 He made his movie debut last year in Black Pond, a low-budget indie tragi-comedy in which Amstell played a dodgy therapist who suspects a family may have committed murder.
4 During a 2010 BBC Breakfast interview he made mention of Russell Watson’s brain tumour which led to a storm of Daily Mail-infused outrage. This came straight after confessing that he might have been wrong in the past to have upset so many people …
5 … Such as Britney Spears who reputedly wept when he suggested on Popworld that she may have gone somewhat nuts. And who can forget Preston who huffily stormed off Never Mind the Buzzcocks after a series of hilarious jibes aimed at his band The Ordinary Boys and then-missus Chantelle Houghton. Bill Bailey saved the day by finding a Preston lookalike from the audience to take his place. Ed the welder did pretty well.
Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Thu 17 May; Pavilion Theatre, Glasgow, Fri 18 May.